I recently returned from the IECA tour of Arizona colleges and universities and had a chance to dig into the academics and environment of several choices popular with Seattle students. Touring colleges with a group of experienced counselors means that in addition to hearing from the admissions office, knowledge is compounded with anecdotes from counselors […]
April was busy, with lots of college visits on the agenda. My visits started in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley at Bard College. This rural campus is 90 miles north of New York City and has a strong sense of community with faculty living nearby and engaging in activities on campus. Most students live on […]
I recently returned from the IECA conference in Orlando, Florida. The first three days included tours of seven colleges and universities, followed by conference sessions and a college fair for IECA consultants. Our first visit was to Emby-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, a high-powered, modern, all-things-aeronautical university offering programs such as flight training, engineering, security, […]
The University of Aberdeen (Scotland) hosted a comprehensive three-day counselor tour, providing invaluable information regarding their programs, facilities, students and faculty. Aberdeen is a very vibrant and international city, in large part due to the university and the development of natural resources offshore. Approximately 20 percent of the students are international, with North American sending […]
I began my tour through the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York at the University of Rochester, a small research university located in a beautiful setting near the city of Rochester. More information is available in an earlier summary of a University of Rochester representative’s presentation in my office. This small, private research university […]
SCAD The University for Creative Careers Formerly known as the Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD offers students a full range of creative and artistic areas of study. SCAD has campuses in Savannah, Hong Kong, Atlanta, and Lacoste, France. I toured several programs and the very modern dormitories located throughout Savannah (the largest campus), […]
The NACAC National College Fair is coming to the Washington State Convention Center on October 21st and 22nd. Connect with admissions representatives from colleges and universities around the world and use this search tool to find the colleges on your list. Let your colleges know you were there and connect with them after the fair by using […]
As scores from the March 2016 SAT start coming in, the College Board just announced an online converter that will allow students to compare scores from the old SAT (pre-March 2016) to the new SAT. Included on page 15 of this document is a conversion table for the ACT and the new SAT.
Are you interested in learning more about colleges where you can explore your love of the arts? The NACAC Visual & Performing Arts College Fair will take place on October 25th at Seattle Center. Students can pre-register here and let the colleges know you were there, as well as making it easier to connect with them […]
I hear it over and over, the college essay process is stressful! There are so many great things that students have to say, think out of the box and stop focusing on what you think colleges want to hear. Your stories are what they want to hear, things only you can say! Here is one […]
Created by a University of Washington professor, and offered free online through Coursera, this short course helps students and parents prepare successfully for the transition to college. Included are strategies for success and things to think about early in your college career. You can read more here.
Read more about the changes to the financial aid process in this helpful guide. Families may now file the FAFSA on October 1st, rather than January 1st. Another big change is that applicants will use prior-prior year (PPY) tax information when reporting personal and family income.
UpNext is a mobile messaging campaign that will provide millions of students and families across the country with personalized reminders, encouragement, and connections to assistance with education and civic engagement. You can sign up here for personalized information and encouragement to complete important college and financial aid milestones and tasks.
Benchmark's goal is to demystify the college application process and help students stay focused on a meaningful and effective plan. Benchmark is committed to helping all students find a college environment that will offer personal and academic challenge, support, and success.
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